(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose political career was cut short when she was shot in the head by a deranged constituent, has traveled to North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention.
“I can confirm that Gabby is in Charlotte to attend the convention, and she is excited to be here,” spokeswoman Hayley Zachary said after Roll Call first reported she’d made the trip. “She does not have a role in tonight’s convention schedule.”
Her appearance at the convention could be an emotional lift for the Democrats at the TimeWarner Cable Arena.
It’s been a busy month for Giffords and her husband, the astronaut Mark Kelley. On Tuesday they revealed the formation of a political action committee called Gabby PAC.
On Aug. 13, after 17 months at a rehab facility in Houston, Texas, Giffords moved back to Tucson, Ariz., where she continues therapy.
Giffords resigned from Congress in late January, a little more than a year after she was shot in the head during a constituent event in her home district in Tucson.
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